KATHMANDU, August 28: The local residents of Sisdole where the Kathmandu Valley’s landfill site is located have expressed dissatisfaction with the Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Mohammad Ishtiaq Rai, and the Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration, Rajendra Prasad Shrestha, who had gone there for a visit on Sunday.
Stating that the ministers do visit the place but they will not keep the promises they have made to the people, the locals asked them to stop showing hope. The locals lamented that the students in the area were not able to continue their studies due to the dilapidated road and office-goers had to pay Rs 500 a day to travel by taxi.
The locals expressed their anger with the ministers complaining that there were no local public vehicles even on a route as long as eight km. They demanded the government create a comfortable environment for people by running public transport on the road in the Mudkhu-Tinpiple area.
After the visit, Minister Rai said that the contractor companies which have not completed the work under political cover will be blacklisted and the work will be started immediately. He said, “In order to address the demands of the local people here, we have called for shortening the contract process that takes three months to be completed, to 18 days, after obtaining permission from the Council of Ministers, and completing it in four months. The work will be completed, I assure you.”
Similarly, General Administration Minister Shrestha said that the previous government could not work properly for the repair of the road in the Mudkhu-Tinpiple area. He promised that all work will be completed within the next four months as the contract-awarding process has already been started. He said that in order to discourage the trend of accepting tenders but not doing the work, a new procedural system has been introduced to take action if the work is not done on time.
Shailung Construction, the company which had won the contract for repairing the road, remained idle for eight years. The government canceled the old contract of the said road and published a notice for awarding a new contract only a few days ago. Now, the contractor company that will get the contract will have to complete the construction work within four months after receiving the contract.